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An artificial coral reef where you can learn about how coral works

Sango Batake

Recommended degree
★★★★

Best season:Spring(Mar.-May)Summer(June-Aug)Autumn(Sept.-Nov.)Winter(Dec.-Feb.)

Sango Batake

About the Sango Batake

Located in the Yomitan region of Okinawa, the Sango Batake is an observational facility where over 100,000 shares of 120 kinds of coral are grown which act as the home to over 200 types of organism that live here. With permission they not only protect Okinawa-native coral, they also transplant coral out into the ocean. In the manmade reef where the coral is grown, there are a variety of sizes and types of coral. Because of the water quality and lack of coral’s natural enemies here, the coral live freely here and can be seen growing almost all year round. Within the manmade reef a variety of other living organisms live together alongside the coral, including algae, crustaceans, and plankton-eating fish. These organisms all play their own role in the ecosystem which ultimately promotes the growth of healthy and well-balanced coral.
Within tanks located inside of the facility, coral seedlings are raised. Endangered species of coral are grown here and protected from sickness in order that they may grow up to a suitable size for transportation. With extreme care and attention to the coral’s health, root division is performed on the coral. After these coral are transplanted into the wild, in about 2 years they will lay eggs.
If you were to take coral out of the water to try and look at it, the little fish living in the coral will jump into the holes in the coral branch and try to hide. For this reason, there is a round aquarium that acts as a lens that has some coral inside of it. If you look carefully into this aquarium, you can see the anemone fish and sea urchins living together among the coral.
At the Sango Batake you can even touch the sea creatures with your own hands. In the very center of the facility there is a large pond where you can freely touch the sea creatures in a series of 10 pools that are lined up. You can touch sea cucumbers, sea urchins, jellyfish, and giant clams.

Throughout the facility there are 21 such touch exhibits that are installed. These exhibits let you see the lives of sea creatures without having to dive into the ocean to see them.

The entrance fee for adults is 900 yen and for high school students or above it is 600 yen, and anything below junior high school is free. You can buy tickets at the adjoining Gala Blue Sea. Group discounts are available.
From November to February the winter hours are 9:00 until 17:00.

Access

From Naha Airport take Japan National Route 58 north until you reach Yomitan and you turn left at the Yomitan Iramina 3-way intersection. The travel time is about 1 hour total by car. You can also take a bus or taxi there, but getting there via these forms of transit is quite complicated so it is not recommended for tourists.


 

Information of Sango Batake

Spot name Sango Batake
Address 915 Takashiho, Yomitan-son, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa
Regular holiday NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY
Business hours MON:10:00-18:00 Last admission17:30 / TUE:10:00-18:00 Last admission17:30 / WED:10:00-18:00 Last admission17:30 / THU:10:00-18:00 Last admission17:30 / FRI:10:00-18:00 Last admission17:30 / SAT:10:00-18:00 Last admission17:30 / SUN:10:00-18:00 Last admission17:30
TEL 098-958-3940
FAX 098-958-7723
Fee 900yen

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